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“Hidden gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Imprevist

Imprevist
1 Avenida Norte Entre Calle 14 Norte y 16 Norte Bis, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
9841687025-26
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Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Imprevist is a Catalan word which means the “Unexpected“. Dining here is experiencing these wonderful dishes that leaves you surprisingly unexpected everytime. The restaurant is situated in a quaint magical street in the Heart of a Playa del Carmen that will make the night, a night to wish would never end. After several years of experience and learning from European chefs; Chef Juan Diego Solombrino is well known for his incredible combination of Mediterranean and Asian inspired cuisine. Preparing dishes of unique flavor, creating art with in each presentation. He personally hand select the products focusing on the menu to provide a wide variety so that everyone can enjoy their meal, from vegetarian options to oriental, excellent seabass or steak ending with the delight of a chocolate fondant berry sorbet. “Cooking is an art, and for me it is the only art that stimulates all senses. The moment when you take your first bite, all your senses comes together to experience a delightful aroma, flavor and textures of food” - Chef Juan Diego Solombrino.
Montreal, Canada
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“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend And I ate here on valentines day and were able to get squeezed in since we didn't have a reservation. Being a foodie coming from Montreal where great restaurants are abundant I was impressed with the food and atmosphere. I would definitely recommend to foodies to try this resto. :)

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Victoria BC
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“Imprevist will not disappoint”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Set on a side street away from the hectic 5th avenue scene this restaurant serves fabulous Asian inspired food in a peaceful space. We sat outside and enjoyed fabulous couscous salad. Great service and nice wine list too.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Not what you expect in Playa del Carmen!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

Everything about this little jewel is outstanding! Have done breakfast and dinner, maybe lunch tomorrow. This chef has been well-trained and doesn't miss a beat. Food is delicious, unique without being too funky, and beautifully presented. Staff is friendly and efficient. Don't be put off by the "not on 5th Avenue" location - it's worth the 2 block walk!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
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“Delicious, abundant breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

The variety was excellant and we had so much to eat! Wonderful assortment of pastries with hommade jam, a fruit plate and the entre of choice. The waitress had a lovely Italian accent and paid great attention to detail. We sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful morming weather.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great modern food, could use some tweaks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

I dined at Imprevist earlier this evening and was impressed with the food and decor. There were two menus (Asian and international) with distinctly different offerings. Pork belly and scallop appetizer was outstanding, as was sea bass entre. Wife's tandoori prawn entre was okay, but could have benefitted from the addition of some vegetables and/or texture variations. We were given a great amuse to start the meal off which was a nice touch. Complimentary bread could have been fresher, and the butter it was served with was rock hard.

Whoever designed the restaurant obviously put lots of thought in as the look was modern, stylish and consistent in design characteristics. Everything was clean and nice.

Although overall this is a very good restaurant, I can't give it a 5 due to the price being a bit too high. It's not astronomical (~$30 per entre - ~$50 per wine bottle), but they put things at a price point that makes one expect exceptionally high quality. Would recommend though if you're looking for a fine dining experience, just don't expect same level of quality as high end restaurants in places like New York or San Francisco.

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